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NATIONALS: Johnson ‘Probably’ Lines Up Second-Half Rotation
WASHINGTON – Though it greatly depends on what will happen in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson outlined his vision for a post-break starting rotation on Sunday – one that will likely see Jordan Zimmermann making consecutive starts.
Zimmermann, the starter for Sunday’s first-half finale against Colorado, will start on regular rest when the Nationals begin the second half Friday in Miami. He will be followed by Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler.
“It could change, depending on what happens in the All-Star break, over the All-Star Game, but I was kind of thinking with Tony [La Russa, the National League manager], and knowing what he probably would do with my guys, and that’s where I lined it up,” Johnson said.
Gonzalez and Strasburg were each selected to represent the National League in the game, which will be played Tuesday at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium. Johnson didn’t say whether La Russa had told him the two would pitch in the game – they will “if they’re trying to win,” he joked – but he believes the rotation would only have to be altered if one of the two spends significant time on the mound.
Strasburg, who started Friday against Colorado, would be pitching on seven days’ rest, and it would be the first adjustment to his regular schedule as the team tries to manage his innings this season. Gonzalez, on six days’ rest, would be making his first career start at Miami, his hometown.
After visiting Miami for four games, the Nationals will return home for a six-day, seven-game homestand against the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves.
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